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Wildfire Safety

Wildfires affect everyone. They can spread fast and harm us. Wildfires are getting bigger and more dangerous. More people are living in areas at risk for wildfires, but we can take action to prepare. Learn how to prepare your household and community.

What Should You Do Before a Wildfire Starts?

Be ready to evacuate quickly.

You may have to leave your home quickly to stay safe. Know where you will go, how you will get there, and where you will stay. Have different escape routes from your home and community. Practice these routes so everyone in your household is familiar with them. Be sure to understand how your community will respond to a wildfire.

A wildfire in the hills outside of a town

Gather Emergency Supplies

Gather food, water, and medicine in advance because stores and pharmacies might be closed. Organize your supplies into a Go-Kit and a Stay-at-Home Kit.

  • Go-Kit: 3 days of supplies that you can easily carry with you.
  • Stay-at-Home Kit: 2 weeks of supplies if you need to stay at home.
  • Have a 1-month supply of medication in a child-proof container.
  • Keep personal, financial, and medical records safe.

Plan to Stay Connected

  • During a wildfire, the most important information will come from your local government. Authorities will let you know when you should leave to stay safe. 
  • Sign up for free emergency alerts from your local government. 
  • Have a backup battery or a way to charge your cell phone. 
  • Have a battery-powered radio. 
  • Plan to monitor weather conditions and fires near you.

Learn Emergency Skills

  • Learn First Aid and CPR.
  • Utilities may be offline. Be ready to live without power. Plan for your electrical needs, including cell phones and medical equipment.

Understand Health Impacts

  •  Wildfire smoke is a mixture of air pollutants that are harmful to your health. Learn how to reduce your exposure.
Download the Wildfire Safety Checklist

Red Cross checklists are available in multiple languages.